Mantid? Stick insect?
April 19, 2010
I’m sorry to send these in again, but this guy continues to puzzle me with his strange shape and patterning. The closest thing I found to it was a juvenile walkingstick, but I’ve never seen an adult walkingstick anywhere around my house, and I’ve seen more than a few of these. One of them (not this one) waved his front legs at me (like a mantis?) when I bothered him trying to get a picture a few years ago.
Assassin Bug Nymph
Thank you very much! I would never have guessed that! Funnily enough, just a moment ago I saw him (or one like him), apparently advanced to a later state of growth, looking much more like an assassin bug with wings and coloring and whatnot. Unfortunately the lighting wasn’t right for a good shot, but I did get a few pics. A very handsome insect.
Hi again Stephen,
Our original answer to you was quite brief because we feebly attempt to answer as many letters as possible, and some just get names as responses. Since you took the time to send a followup report, we have pieced together your emails and posted what we believe to be Zelus Assassin Bugs.